[lg policy] Karnataka private schools set to take language policy to court policy

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Karnataka schools set to take language policy to court policyPavan M V
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 BENGALURU: Karnataka's private schools, including CBSE and ICSE
institutions, are again headed for a legal battle with the state government
over the language issue. The government's decision to make Kannada the
compulsory medium of instruction from classes 1 to 5 in all schools has
rankled them.

On March 30, the state %legislature passed the Right to Free and Compulsory
Education (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2015 to make Kannada %the medium of
instruction at the primary level, amending the RTE Act of 2009.

The bill needs the nod of the Union government and the President to become
an Act.

RTE Act applies to all schools, irrespective of the syllabi they follow.

D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the Karnataka Associated Management of
English Medium Schools (KAMS), called the move impractical. He told TOI:
"All these years, teachers have been teaching in English. If the bill is
implemented, schools will need more than a million teachers well-versed in
Kannada. Where will we get so many teachers?"

KAMS is set to file a writ petition before the high court against the bill.
"Implementation of this bill is impossible, as it has to be approved in
Parliament and needs the assent of political leaders from other states as
well," he said.

Joining KAMS in the legal battle against the government is Management of
Independent CBSE Schools Association (MICSA). Mansoor Ali Khan, secretary
of MICSA, said after holding a meeting with school associations, MICSA will
take a decision.

He pointed out that most teachers in private schools have done schooling,
graduation and BEd in English medium. "How can they suddenly start
imparting education in Kannada?'' he asked.

B Gayethri Devi, secretary of Karnataka ICSE Schools' Association, said
CBSE and ICSE schools are established to facilitate parents with
transferrable jobs. "For instance, if a parent is transferred from Assam to
Bengaluru, how can her kids learn Kannada suddenly? If Kannada becomes the
medium of instruction, people from other states may stop coming to
Karnataka," she said.

The Supreme Court has rejected the curative petition of the state
government on language policy, pointed out the chairman of a reputed
institution, adding, "Instead of wasting time on making Kannada as
compulsory medium of instruction, it should concentrate on producing
quality teachers."

The government has also passed the Kannada Language Learning Bill, 2015 to
make Kannada a compulsory subject from classes 1 to 10 in the schools.
However, state board schools are not against this bill, as a majority of
them are following it. CBSE and ICSE schools, too, offer Kannada as an
optional subject either as second or third language.

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IF ANY STATE WANTS TO PROMOTE ITS LANGUAGE THE BETTER COURSE WOULD BE TO
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Karnataka's private schools, including CBSE and ICSE institutions, are
again headed for a legal battle with the state government over the language
issue. The government's decision to make Kannada the compulsory medium of
instruction from classes 1 to 5 in all schools has rankled them.



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